Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Midday Recap 4/24: Niese goes down, Cardinal Watch, Rangers fall and First-Goal blunder.

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With one of the Mets two good pitchers on the mound, it was a scary moment in the 3rd inning when Mark Ellis hit a grounder that bounced its way onto Jonathan Niese's leg.  After hobbling over towards the first base line, he went down to the ground and was grabbing his leg.  Niese's night was done, and thankfully for him and the Mets, X-rays came back negative.

Unfortunately for the Mets, that wasn't the only thing to come back.  The Dodgers would come back against the Mets bullpen to pull out a 7-2 victory at Citi Field.  Brandon Lyon and Josh Edgin took the brunt of the Dodger comeback, surrendering 5 combined earned runs.  Edgin only lasted 1/3rd of an inning, but got rocked for four hits during his time out.



It's been a phenomenal start for Matt Harvey this season, going 4-0 and allowing only 10 hits in his 29 innings pitched.  He'll be going up against the 8th different starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, Ted Lilly.  Lilly has had a rough 2013 so far, getting slammed around for 15 runs and 5 home runs in his three minor-league games this season.  He'll be looking for some confidence against a Mets squad that could only muster 4 hits on Monday.  Radio Coverage: 1230 FOX Sports Radio - 6:30PM

We don't get to talk much about High School Sports on the Midday Recap, and that's more because of everything else that's going on with playoffs and our obvious focus on the New York Mets.  But Joe Foran of the Fort Ann Cardinals is a player you're going to want to watch out for in the coming 6 weeks, as he has put together an impressive resume.  On Tuesday, he broke the Section II record for most hits; he's tied for the state record for RBI's and ... oh, by the way, he pitched a one-hitter as the Cardinals improved to 8-0.

By the way, if you know of a stellar high school performer here in the North Country, let us know!

Entering last night's game, the New York Rangers had the opportunity to earn themselves a playoff spot.  If the Washington Capitals would knock off the Winnipeg Jets in regulation, AND the Rangers win against the Florida Panthers, the Rangers would clinch a spot.  Well, Washington did their part by beating the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 and earning themselves the guaranteed 3-seed by clinching the Southeast Division title.  

The Rangers couldn't take advantage, as the Florida Panthers took advantage of free icing during a penalty kill to score an empty-net goal late in the 3rd Period.  The Rangers would get it back, with 30 seconds left on Derick Brassard's tally, but could not get the equalizer through.

The Rangers need only two points in their last two games in order to clinch a playoff spot.  They play the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, and then wrap up the regular season on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

Philadelphia Flyer and former Adirondack Phantom Oliver Lauridsen got credited for his first NHL goal, but not the way you'd expect a player to get their first.  The goal came as the Bruins Zdeno Chara retrieved the dumped in puck and passed it, went off the stick of the Bruins netminder, Anton Khudobin, and into the net. Lauridsen got credit for the goal as he was the last Flyer to touch it, dumping the puck into the zone off a center draw.  | Watch the Video

During the game, the Flyers announced that the 50/50 would be benefiting the One Fund Boston.  As a result, the 50/50 raised over $86,000, more than double what is brought in on a normal night.

MLB - Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets - 7:10PM; 1230 FOX Sports Radio
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